Powder coat paint repair?
April 11, 2006 7:58 PM Subscribe
Looking for advice on touch-up paint for a powder coated bike.
posted by caution live frogs to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total)
Took my bike out for the first run of the year today. Long story short, nothing happened on the ride, but on the drive back, my wife's bike slid forward on the bike rack, and rubbed her front suspension against my frame all the way home. I now have a nice dime-sized gouge out of the green powder coat finish.
Aside from being pissed at the bare metal showing through (and concerned about possible corrosion) I have no idea how to fix a powder coat. I know that I probably won't be able to restore it to the original finish, but I want to cover the gouge as best I can. I've done some searching and am finding some places telling me to use an arcrylic hobby paint, while others warn that specific paints will interact poorly with the finish and take more paint off than I'm already missing. Searching bikeforums.net only gave me advice on recoating the entire frame - not an option.
Anybody have any idea what might be the best course of action? I have less than 30 miles on this bike, and am really not pleased that I have already screwed the finish up. (If I'd have done it going off of an obstacle, that would be different - but rubbing on the damn rack? Ugh. Especially given the pads I placed everywhere I thought such rubbing might occur...)
Bike is an '06 Specialized HardRock Comp, army green. They carry touch-up paint, but not for any years after 2004.